in crayons by her; they were Vertue's: and her own and her son's, in water-colours, strongly painted, but not so free as the crayons. 1
is only mentioned in De Bie's Golden Cabinet, published in 1662 ; he speaks of her as residing in Holland, and says she painted flowers so well, that she was likely to rival their famous Zeghers; 2 but he does not specify whether she worked in oil or water-colours.
THE age of Charles II. was in no degree more favourable to the promotion of good taste than it was of sound politics or pure morals.
All were equally gaudy, corrupt, and meretricious. Charles had imbibed from his royal cousin of France every idea which he possessed of a palace magnificently built and embellished ; and had intended a complete imitation. But the money supplied by a generous Parliament and a concealed pension, large as the amount is known to have been, had a very different direction.
Louis had picture galleries, and therefore our restored Sovereign collected, with some industry and expense, the vestiges of his father's patronage and taste, to a considerable extent ; and his subjects were gratified by the exhibition of them at the palaces of Whitehall and St. James's.
The works of Rubens and Vandyck, with some few excellent specimens of the schools of Italy, were then within the inspection of artists, natives, or established in England.
Some of them there certainly were who studied and imitated these great masters ; but yet rather from partial hints of their modes of practice than from a true feeling and adoption of their style, or science in art.
At the period of the Restoration, Lely, who had been the scholar, was considered as the legitimate successor of Vandyck, and enjoyed during the first years of Charles II. the unrivalled possession of court favour. He relinquished
The miniature of Charles Beale was sold for 10s. 6d.
Another of the same, sold for 14s.
The miniature of Mrs. Beale sold for 10s.
The miniature of Dr. Tillotson, by Charles Beale, sold for 18s.
An oval portrait of Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, by Mrs. Beale, was bought by Richard R. Preston, Esq. for 9 guineas.
Sir Peter Lely, after himself, a miniature, by Charles Beale, was sold for 7 guineas.
A Bishop of Antwerp, a miniature portrait, after Vandyck, by Charles Beale, sold for 1l.—W.]